On this day in 1982, Ernie Banks’ number 14 became the first retired number in Chicago Cubs history.
Banks was honored in a pre game ceremony at Wrigley Field and his remarks were as gracious as they had been at Ernie Banks Day on the same field 18 years before.
”I want to thank the Wrigley organization, my managers, coaches and friends who gave me encouragement when I needed it. I also want to thank the fans who have given me the cheers. I can hear those cheers in my dreams today and I want to thank the new Cub organization for retiring my uniform.”.